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Physical barriers in the workplace

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Elaine Logie

on 22 July 2014

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Transcript of Physical barriers in the workplace

Elaine Logie
Physical Barriers
Survey a workplace for physical barriers that restrict persons with disabilities. Discuss how these barriers result in psychological barriers for the individual. Present response strategies for both the workplace and the individual
Reading material at an accessible level
Provide braille or large print material
Ensure signs can be easily read
Request material from attendant or staff
Ask to downloadable material using accessibility apps
Contact AODA representative
Provide videos with CC or Described video
screen reading or voice activated software
Thank you!
Access accessibility services for software, and online test booking system
Lower height of shelves and cubicle walls
Ensure stairs and steep inclines have tread
Accessible elevators
Ensure all doors into public spaces have automatic door openers

Create dedicated space wide enough for wheelchair
Chairs with arm rests
Offer sign-in sheet at lower height
Tactile pavement/flooring or smooth floor transitions with clear warning signs
Provide quiet spaces
Clear space wide enough for wheelchairs
Call ahead to request accommodations
Try to bring an attendant when possible

Transition of flooring
Definition of "Disability" according to the Ontario Human Rights Code

1. Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device,
2. A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability,
3. A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language,
4. A mental disorder, or
5. An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997

TV Monitor
Computer screens and mouse
Print material
Inaccessible material
Inaccessible workshop space
Sight barrier
height
Dedicated computer space
Provide CC and Described video when possible
TTY retrofitted phones or Skype options for hard of hearing or deaf clients
Disclose needs when communicating with support staff
Psychological Barriers
"Psychological barriers are mind-associated problems that keep you from reaching a solution, obtaining a goal, establishing positive relationships or taking a step toward finding a new job or starting college."

Call or sign up for SAM
Check maps online with clear directions to accessible parking and access doors
Three ways to identify workplaces that are truly inclusive

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Mohawk College Accessibility

Human Rights Commission

Accessibility checklist

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ontario Human Rights Code

Psychological and social aspects of disability

Accessibilityfor Ontarians with Disability Act
Became law June 13th 2005
Goal-to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025
Standards for 5 key areas: Accessible customer service, information and communications, built environments, employment accessibility and accessible transportation
What is a disability?
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